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City of Angels



Glossy romance as an angel falls for a surgeon.
  • Review Date: May 3, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 114 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Sad death of character.





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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are some sad deaths (including a child).

What's the story?

In CITY OF ANGELS, Angels appear to hold our hands as we die. Humans cannot see them, but Maggie (Meg Ryan), a surgeon fighting desperately to save a patient, feels the presence of the angel Seth (Nicolas Cage), and it shakes her. It shakes him, too. Seth begins to wish that he could trade his existence as an angel for the chance to partake in earthly pleasures like smell, and touch, and love. He meets one of Maggie's patients, a former angel (played by NYPD Blue star Dennis Franz) and learns that even angels have the free will to choose their destinies.

Is it any good?


The German film Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders' dreamlike meditation on the angels among us, has been Hollywoodized into a dreamlike but glossy romance. Cage is especially touching, his longing for Maggie coming from some deep place in his soul. And the movie has some good issues to raise about choices and destiny and intimacy and the importance of smelling the roses. But it has awkward construction and a maudlin conclusion.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Maggie's relationship with her colleague is so unsatisfying for her, and why Seth's role is so unsatisfying for him.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 10, 1998
DVD release date:September 29, 1998
Cast:Andre Braugher, Meg Ryan, Nicolas Cage
Director:Brad Silberling
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:114 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexuality including language, and some nudity

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Kid, 12 years old July 18, 2012

Great Movie

A great film about an angel and a surgeon who fall for each other Nicholas Cage Plays as Seth and Meg Ryan stars too there is a couple of sex scenes brief kissing,smoking,Meg Naked in Bath Tub,Seth in the shower naked yes you see it ={ But a very good christian movie oh yeah a guy go's into the beach nude NO Willys vey good funny must see
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 12 year old Written bylittleone522 February 1, 2011

Is the love scene to much for your kids?

My concern for kids watching this movie is in one steamy love scene. Although no nudity can be seen except for bare legs and bare backs, alot of heavy breathing and kissing take place. The conversation the two characters have while being intimate is also a concern as the one character asks how it feels and he describes it as being warm and then the other character states that they fit together. A mans bare bottom can be seen in another scene while he is skinny dipping. Also two characters talk about a womens chest being "flat-chested" and "you don't need more then a handful". People are also seen smoking in this movie, this may be a concern for some parents especially when the characters are angels. The language in this movie consists of two uses of the word "a**" (as in butt) and eight uses of the word "sh*t". Parents also need to know that this movie deals with death and the after life and my make kids realize that death is a part of life. The moral of this movie is coping with the loss of a loved one. Whice I do think is an important message, however because of the love scene and the language, I Don't recommend this movie be viewed by children under the age of 13.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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